Tynedale Hospice at Home has kicked off the New Year with something to celebrate as it announces a Charity of the Year partnership with law firm Irwin Mitchell.

Through the partnership, the Newcastle office of Irwin Mitchell, which is based in St James’s in the city centre, is hoping to raise £7,000 during 2018 through a range of initiatives, including colleague fundraising, team challenge events and by  hosting a charity dinner.

Tynedale Hospice at Home provides palliative nursing care to people in their own homes, Family Support Services and a Hospital Transport Service to people living in Tynedale, West Northumberland, Ponteland and the surrounding areas.

Laura Elliott, Fundraising Manager, Tynedale Hospice at Home said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen by Irwin Mitchell as its Charity of the Year. Their enthusiasm and dedication to our cause and their plans for fundraising over the coming year knows no bounds and we can’t wait to support them in their various activities as the year unfolds.

“We need to raise 90% of the £800,000 that it costs to provide our services each year and local support from businesses like Irwin Mitchell and our other supporters is vital and much needed.  Every penny raised will make a real difference to ensuring that people who need our services continue to receive them.

The national law firm’s Charity of the Year initiative sees staff across each of its offices hold a range of events throughout the year to raise funds for local causes which have been selected through a vote.

The programme is part of the work of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation, an independent charity which last year celebrated its 20th anniversary and has raised more than £1.6 million for charities in the UK and abroad.

Paula Myers, Regional Managing Partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office, said: “The Charity of the Year initiative has been a fundamental part of our efforts to actively support the local communities where we are based for many years and we are proud to have helped a number of incredible causes along the way.

“Tynedale Hospice at Home is a fantastic cause and we are already hard at work planning the range of events which will be held across the year to raise vital funds to support the incredible work it does.”

As part of their commitment to the charity, Irwin Mitchell has automatically become part of Tynedale Hospice at Home’s Business Ambassador Scheme which is open to businesses of all sizes who are passionate about making a difference in the community in which they work.

Through fundraising initiatives like this Tynedale Hospice at Home are able to help people like Derek Hughes from Hexham who received one to one bereavement support through the Hospice’s Family Support Service after his wife, Isobel, died.

Derek said: “Being able to talk to someone independently in confidence and spend an hour just going through how I was thinking, feeling and the detail of what happened was so helpful.  During the sessions, I felt I had the time and the space to really understand what had happened in the months leading up to Isobel’s death.  Towards the end of the sessions, I actually really looked forward to the next one. It as a good sign of the progress I was making and a positive indication that I found the support really helpful.  It is a wonderful service and I am truly grateful for it.”

To find out more about becoming a Business Ambassador visit www.tynedalehospice.com/opportunities-for-businesses/